Sharon Rexroad and Her Color Filled Cottage
Welcome to my home online, the Color Filled Cottage.
If we haven’t met before, let me tell you a bit about myself. And if we’ve already met, it’s good to see you again!
Come on in…
I’m a quilt designer and author of five quilt books. I’ve taught quilting across the country and have been a guest on national TV demonstrating my unique take on quilting and design. Don’t ask me how many magazine projects I’ve created because I’ve lost track — but I can tell you one of my proudest moments was when my Faerie Ring quilt was on the cover of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine. I’m honored to be the first quilter to win a Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship.
I never expected to work in retail but I love it. I worked for Paper Source for ten years, a boutique paper, stationery and quirky gifts store where the company motto is “Do Something Creative Every Day”. I started very part-time with the company as I was still on the national teaching circuit in the quilt world but soon, as I like to say, got seduced by the paper. I served many roles with the company, but my most meaningful were as a Store Manager and as National Demonstrations & Workshops Manager. My love of fiber and design was at the forefront as I taught our customers to make their own books, stamp and emboss, use a personal die-cut machine, and wrap the most spectacular of presents!
I’ve always loved playing with home decor and am so addicted to HomeGoods that I started working for the company in 2014; I’m now a manager at their sister store Marshall’s and clasp my hands together every day when I leave so as to not buy the latest decor item. (It works some of the time).
My personal design style?
Very cottagey — think florals, checks, chairs to sink into, inherited teacups, quilts. And color. Always color. I love using a mix of colors so your eye moves across a room like it does in a garden.
When I moved back to my hometown of Columbia, Missouri a few years back I rented the cutest of brick cottages. I had a blast putting my personal stamp on her. I even added lace curtains to the porch and loved the colored lights that glowed through them at dusk.
Much as I loved the brick rental, I missed owning my own home, missed having total freedom to design and color a space so that really spoke to and of me. I recently bought a house that doesn’t look cottagey on first glance but one that I know I can infuse with cottage charm. Color and pattern will go a long way towards transforming this house that a friend calls fancy into my very own fanciful Color Filled Cottage! I hope you’re along for the ride.
The thing that unites all of this for me is my triple love of color, visual texture, and helping others bring out their own best skills in these arenas.
I love to teach others how to make things themselves, sharing both secrets for creative success and how to turn mistakes into creative opportunities. I try to live life the same way and so you may hear a life tale or two along the way as well.
PS. Max, my darling little Cavachon, wants to say hello, too. Because what cottage doesn’t need a touch of unconditional love? He’s a rescue dog, though I’m not sure who rescued whom.
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